Phantom Wing at King Edward School (Opening Tuesday, Sept. 24)
The artists behind Wreck City are organizing another impromptu arts exhibition in a soon-to-be-demolished wing of King Edward School. You can get a sneak peek at the installations the artists have been working on in Swerve’s In the Field from Friday’s issue. You can take a look at the finished project starting Tuesday at 6 p.m. The official opening reception happens Saturday.
Jon McCaslin & Andre Wickenheiser at National Music Centre (Thursday, Sept. 26)
The tracks eventually released as the 1957 Miles Davis album Birth of the Cool helped usher in the cool jazz movement as an alternative to the blistering fast bebop that was popular at the time. Local jazz drummer Jon McCaslin has assembled a nine-piece jazz orchestra to present songs from the album as part of JazzYYC’s new Illumin8 jazz concert series. Tickets are $25 at the door.
Madame Butterfly at Jubilee Auditorium (Opening Thursday, Sept. 26)
Alberta Ballet presents the ballet adaptation by Australian Stanton Welch of Puccini’s classic opera. The costumes come to Alberta via the Houston Ballet, which you can see in the above video preview of their production of the show last year. There are tickets still available, starting at $29.
Mo Kenney at Festival Hall (Thursday, Sept. 26)
The young Mo Kenney (she just turned 23 this year) had her 2012 eponymous debut album produced by Joel Plaskett. She’s also already well-decorated: her song “Sucker,” which you can hear above, won the 2013 SOCAN songwriting prize for best song by an independent Canadian musician, and she was nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Rising Star Recording of the Year.
Calgary International Film Festival (Ongoing)
The film fest continues with films every night this week including Cowjews and Indians, about one Jewish documentary filmmaker’s quest to get back-rent from the Nazis while attempting to pay back the back-rent he feels he might owe to the Native Americans, screening on Monday and Tuesday, and Oilsands Karaoke, a documentary centred around a karaoke contest at a bar in Fort McMurray featuring oilsands workers, screening Wednesday. You can watch the trailer for Oilsands Karaoke above (look out for some NSFW language, though) and read a bit more about this look at the largest industrial project in the world in a preview article from the Edmonton Journal. —Jon Roe